During the ongoing search for two missing men from Massachusetts, investigators have located two bodies in a rural area in northeastern Vermont, state police say.
State police have stopped short of identifying the bodies as Jahim Solomon, 21, of Pittsfield and Eric White, 21, of Chicopee. Official determination of their identities will come from the Vermont Chief Medical Examiner’s Office in Burlington, which also will perform autopsies to determine the cause and manner of the deaths. The circumstances of the disappearance of Solomon and White are suspicious. The Vermont State Police is treating the discovery of the bodies as a homicide investigation.
The Vermont State Police has made no arrests connected to this investigation but has identified several persons of interest and possible suspects. Detectives believe this was an isolated event.
Police located the bodies along the Albany-Eden Road on Tuesday, Oct. 24, and Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2023. Tuesday afternoon, a game warden with the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife located evidence that appeared suspicious several dozen feet off the road in the town of Eden. The Vermont State Police Field Force Division secured the scene overnight. Wednesday morning, investigators examined the location and discovered the remains of one individual. In continuing searches Wednesday afternoon, VSP detectives located a second body about a mile north of where the first body was found.
The Vermont State Police, including the Crime Scene Search Team, is processing the locations where the bodies were discovered. This investigation involves detectives from the Vermont State Police Major Crime Unit and Bureau of Criminal Investigations, along with VSP’s Victim Services Unit. The Morristown Police Department, the Vermont Department of Fish & Wildlife, and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are providing assistance with the investigation.
This past weekend, VSP executed a search warrant related to the missing persons case at a residence in the town of Albany. The state police’s Search and Rescue Team, along with New England K-9 Search and Rescue, assisted in carrying out the warrant.
The Vermont State Police continues to ask that anyone with information that could assist investigators call the Vermont State Police in Derby at 802-334-8881 or provide an anonymous tip online at https://vsp.vermont.gov/tipsubmit.